Zoning Ordinance Reformat. Adopted May 18, 2013. ZOA-13-03. This amendment is a comprehensive reformat of the Zoning Ordinance, with an effective date of July 1, 2013. The new Ordinance is reorganized and reformatted, but does not incorporate any changes to policy. The purpose of the amendment was to clarify, update and improve the usability of the Ordinance to improve comprehension, administration and compliance. Features of the revised format include (staff report):
- Reorganization to remove the “pyramid” structure of the Zoning Ordinance and to create individual use lists for each zoning district
- Reformatting to include an updated look and to standardize presentation of regulations
- Inclusion of graphics and tables to clarify and summarize key regulations
- Incorporation of live links to improve ease of navigation of the Ordinance
R-C purpose statement. Adopted February 23, 2013. ZOA-13-02. The purpose of this amendment was to address an issue with the purpose paragraph language for the “R-C” zoning district that presented an inconsistency between the County’s overall planning framework and the zoning tools best suited to implement that framework. As written, the purpose paragraph could have presented issues for future rezoning to “R-C” of property outside a one-quarter mile radius from a Metrorail station entrance. The properties facing such an issue are those designated “High-Medium Residential Mixed-Use” and generally located in West Ballston, including several sites located in the North Quincy Street Plan Addendum area that are currently or recommended for such designation. The County Board’s intent for the use of “R-C” zoning was not to be so limiting, as evidenced by earlier rezoning for property in the County that did not meet this strict standard of one-quarter mile radius from Metrorail station entrances. Therefore, this amendment clarifies the original intent of the zoning district consistent with previous County Board actions to facilitate the potential future rezoning and development consistent with the established planning goals of the County. Specifically, this amendment permits the rezoning to “R-C” of any property currently designated “High-Medium Residential Mixed-Use” on the General Land Use Plan (GLUP) or expressly identified to be replanned or rezoned to the aforementioned GLUP or zoning categories in adopted County plans. In addition, the amendment limits the application of “R-C” zoning to properties located within Metro Station Areas as identified on the GLUP and within one-half mile radius from Metrorail station entrances. Staff report.
Parking requirements for elementary and middle schools and recreational uses – Adopted February 23, 2013. (ZOA 13-01) Through the conceptual planning processes for several public facilities identified as part of the 2013-22 Capital Improvements Program (CIP), including an aquatics facility at Long Bridge Park, a new elementary school at the Williamsburg campus and an expansion to Ashlawn Elementary School, it was identified that the number of parking spaces required per the Zoning Ordinance would present unique challenges for site design and that parking requirements in the Zoning Ordinance may need updating for consistency with County policy. The County Manager subsequently directed staff to review current Zoning Ordinance parking requirements for elementary and middle schools, and for the planned aquatic center. The study resulted in amendments to the Zoning Ordinance that revised parking requirements for elementary and middle schools, as well as gave the County Board the authority to modify parking requirements through the use permit process, for schools and recreational uses. Staff report.